Remove Deck Stain When Reapplying? 5/5 (1)

This post was updated on January 18, 2023

Remove Old Deck Stain for Reapplication

Not all deck stain types and brands of deck stains are compatible with each other. Below are some tips when switching your brand of deck stain or type of deck stain and how to prep for maximum results when reapplying a deck stain to your wood if you have used a different stain prior.

Changing Brands of Deck Stain for Reapplication

If you are switching brands of transparent, semi-transparent, or semi-solid deck stains you will need to strip and or sand to remove the prior deck stain coatings. It does not matter if you are applying an oil-based stain over an old oil-based deck stain, you have to remove the prior coating if making a change of deck stain brand. Whenever you strip a deck stain, make sure to neutralize after with a wood deck brightener

Using the Same Deck Stain Brand for Reapplication?

No need to remove the old transparent, semi-transparent, or semi-solid deck stains coating for reapplying unless the old stain has failed by wearing and peeling unevenly. Uneven wear may lead to uneven application. In most cases when reapplying the same brand of deck stain, just use a wood deck cleaner and then a wood brightener for prep.

Reapplying a Solid Color Deck Stain?

In this case, it does not matter the brand or color. You can reapply over the top of the old solid color deck stain using these tips for prep: Reapplying A Solid Color Deck Stain

Switching to Solid Color Deck Stain

No need to remove the old transparent, semi-transparent, or semi-solid deck stains if you are switching to a solid color deck stain. Just make sure your deck is clean and free of dirt and mildew or any old stain that is peeling.

More Info on Prep for Deck Stains

  • Best Deck Stain Prep: Clean, Strip, or Sand

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